Grizzly bear, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Grizzly bear, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Are there really zebras atop Grouse Mountain?

Well that’s what I thought I heard! As we rode to the top of this popular peak of Vancouver, British Columbia, I asked our Skyride attendant, “Did the zebras get brought up by gondola?”  Obviously puzzled by my question, he informed me that there were no zebras up there.  Just the two grizzly bears in their habitat.  But that left us all giddy, imagining zebras in a gondola. My embarrassed daughter assured me that we would see unicorns, and our fellow Skyride passengers broadly smiled at the comedy.  So who told me there were zebras?!

Grouse Mountain continues to be a great place to visit.  I lived in Vancouver years ago and have visited several times since.  This month I had a spooky ride to the top engulfed in clouds.  (No Grouse Grind for us; that’s what the hike up is called.)

Cloudy voyage aboard Skyride, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Cloudy voyage aboard Skyride, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

But what a treat when we climbed out of the nothingness.  A break in the clouds allowed us to see all the way over to Vancouver Island.  From below, you would not have expected that the weather was so much better at the top.

Skyride, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Skyride, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

On a time crunch, we put food before hiking and had a peaceful bite of lunch in Altitudes Bistro (super quiet because the Vancouver weather was deceptive). Then we set off to visit the grizzly habitat.  Contained behind electric fencing they were adorable!

Grizzly Habitat, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Grizzly Habitat, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

We’re still laughing about the lack of zebras; probably had to be there.  But hey, I didn’t see the unicorns!

Grouse Mountain offers many activities including: hiking, paragliding, helicopter rides, disc golf, zip lining, dining, and of course skiing in the winter season.  There’s even a Starbucks!

For more information visit www.grousemountain.com.  No zebras allowed.

 

Vegan Dining Tip:  In the restaurant Altitudes Bistro, my daughter and I shared a couple of vegan options: the Yam Fries with a honey siracha dressing substituted for the aoli; and the Small Mountain Nachos (HUGE portion) topped with vegan “chicken”, jalapeños, olives, salsa, green onions, guacamole, and tomatoes.  The Grouse Grind salad looked like a great vegan meal, too (without the goat’s cheese).

Altitudes Bistro, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Altitudes Bistro, Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Seating area in lodge atop Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia

Seating area in lodge atop Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, British Columbia